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I have 2 small black spots at the base under my middle toenail. I don't recall banging it but was stepped on once. I don't know if it has grown?

I have 2 small black spots at the base under my middle toenail. I don't recall banging it but was stepped on once. I don't know if it has grown?

Trauma: It is nit unusual for that discoloration to occur under a toenail that has been traumatized and it may last weeks. If you have more concern, consult a podiatrist for evaluation and advice. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more


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My second toenail is dead and yellowish and nearly ready to fall off, a small dark spot can be seen at the base of my nailbed. What do you recommend?

My second toenail is dead and yellowish and nearly ready to fall off, a small dark spot can be seen at the base of my nailbed. What do you recommend?

Nail injury: Seeing a photo would be best to help diagnose and give proper treatment. You may possibly need the nail removed and preventative treatments for the discoloration and likely fungus. ...Read more

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Should I have my big toenail removed? Two months after being damaged, the toenail is still completely black and has no new growth at the base. However, because of the blood underneath the nail, the sides have started to curve down and keep growing into my

Should I have my big toenail removed? Two months after being damaged, the toenail is still completely black and has no new growth at the base. However, because of the blood underneath the nail, the sides have started to curve down and keep growing into my

Hello.: Hello. This falls under the perview of podiatry. The problem with bathroom surgery is that, if you do not have a good functional understanding of area being worked on, it may not work or you may end up with unforseen complications (such as infections). As the nail grows into one or both sides of the paronychium (nail bed) is likely to become more painful and can become infected. At this point, you are getting recurrence of the ingrowing of the nail (onychocryptosis). You also noted that there is no nail growth from the base. If the nail issue is not addressed appropriately, you could develop a chronic abnormality of the nail (i.e., crooked). One approach is a partial wedge resection, in which the podiatrist cuts back part of the lateral nail plate. Sometimes the nail needs to be removed. I suggest you see a podiatrist for assistance. Take care. ...Read more

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Ingrown toenail hurting at base of toe, what do I do?

Ingrown toenail hurting at base of toe, what do I do?

See your podiatrist: Sounds like you might have an infection. The ingrown part of the nail probably has to be removed. ...Read more

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My 4.5 y. O. Daughter has few toenails starting to separate from the toe skin at the growing end (base). Is this fungus?

My 4.5 y. O. Daughter has few toenails starting to separate from the toe skin at the growing end (base). Is this fungus?

May be fungus?: It's not normal for a 4 and half year old child to lose her toenails. I would take her to a podiatrist and have the feet examined for the possible cause. ...Read more

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My second toenail has split in half down the middle down to the base. Should I clip one half off? Do I need to see a doctor? How do I restore my nail?

Podiatry: I would encourage you to see a podiatrist. This is the type of thing they treat regularly. A podiatrist can provide treatment/ recommendations that will lead to the best outcome. ...Read more

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I have a spot under my toenail its like a bruise though I may have injured it im not quite sure its in the base of my toe its quite circular @ center?

I have a spot under my toenail its like a bruise though I may have injured it im not quite sure its in the base of my toe its quite circular @ center?

Should see surgeon.: Should see surgeon or dermatologist or podiatrist to evaluate.
It could be a harmless hematoma that might cause nail to come off and resolve or it could be a melanoma and require surgery. ...Read more

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3d ago, my toenail was lifted and bleed. Used betadine, now the skin around base of nail is swollen, watery & itchy. Now trying rivanol + miconazole.

3d ago, my toenail was lifted and bleed. Used betadine, now the skin around base of nail is swollen, watery & itchy. Now trying rivanol + miconazole.

E Gads!!: These type injuries are best treated by a specialists. The injury can get out of hand very quickly. The degree of lifting as well the amount of tearing will need to be examined to predict a realistic outcome. ...Read more

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Dual tissue growth between skin and toenail. One month ago, after going for a 3 hour hike, my big toe on my left foot felt very mildly sore and looked slightly swollen around the base of the nail. One week later, a small tissue growth developed. Two weeks

Dual tissue growth between skin and toenail. One month ago, after going for a 3 hour hike, my big toe on my left foot felt very mildly sore and looked slightly swollen around the base of the nail. One week later, a small tissue growth developed. Two weeks

See podiatrist: Some possibilities may be keratinized tissue, fungus, bacterial colonization, pyogenic granuloma....Without visualization of the lesion harder to give definitive diagnosis. A podiatrist likely can diagnose and offer treatment on seeing the toe. ...Read more

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I have been told I have a corn but it is flat against the base of my foot and hurts whether I am standing, sitting or laying down. Sharp shooting pains?

I have been told I have a corn but it is flat against the base of my foot and hurts whether I am standing, sitting or laying down. Sharp shooting pains?

Callus: A flat piece of hard skin is a callus on the bottom of the foot. These are often diagnosed as a corn because they are similar. These can be very painful. I would go visit my favorite podiatrist for an exam. ...Read more

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Can etoshine 90 cause pain in and around heel? Especially base of the foot?

Can etoshine 90 cause pain in and around heel? Especially base of the foot?

Etoshine: Probably not as it is an anti inflammatory medication. See the doctor that recommended it for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have pus formed inside the thick skin on the base of my foot. Who can help?

I have pus formed inside the thick skin on the base of my foot. Who can help?

Many choices: Your primary care doctor, an urgent care or walk-in clinic, or a podiatrist can all examine and treat, including removing callus and/or draining an infection if necessary. If you are diabetic, have poor circulation or there is a very deep/complicated/badly infected wound, you may need to see a podiatrist or general surgeon, but even then primary or urgent care can get you started. ...Read more

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The arch of my foot and base of heal swell up and hurt after long walks. What causes this?

The arch of my foot and base of heal swell up and hurt after long walks. What causes this?

Heel: This is most likely plantar fascists and possibly a burial sac at the bottom of the heel. See your podiatrist for assistance. ...Read more